Behind the scenes: What it takes to keep Seattle-Tacoma International Airport running

Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren, September 4, 2015, USA Today

Perched high atop the packed airport’s Central Terminal, a team of three air traffic controllers peers out onto a sun-baked expanse of asphalt, concrete, and dead grass from Seattle-Tacoma International’s sole ramp tower.

Departing passengers directly below them will soon be briefly in the care of one of these controllers. Their mission: safely and efficiently shuttle all of Seattle’s 1,250 daily flights from FAA-controlled runways and taxiways to their respective parking spots.

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July breaks Sea-Tac passenger records as airport plans $10 billion in expansion projects

Steve Wilhelm, September 3, 2015, Puget Sound Business Journal

If you think the record 4 million domestic passengers who came through Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in July was a lot, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

With a flood of growth coming, Port of Seattle officials are planning expansions over the next 20 years that could cost more than $10 billion to move people, luggage, cars and aircraft through the airport’s congested space.

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